Posted: Aug 13, 2013 7:59 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Aug 13, 2013 7:59 PM
ST. JOSEPH, La.- State Police said late Tuesday, the man inside a bank in northeastern Louisiana is 20-years-old and has ties to the Tensas Parish community.
Troopers did not release the name of the man they have been negotiating with for hours after he took three hostages. The three people, two women and a man, are employees of Tensas State Bank.
Authorities said his family owns a convenience store in the town.
While they know a lot about who the hostage-taker is, they are making no assumptions about why.
A State Police spokesperson said hostage negotiators are actively speaking with the man and are focusing on saving lives.
The man holding the three hostages has at least one gun. State Police did not speculate about more weapons.
Authorities are planning on a long night and have said they will hold a news conference to update the public at about 9 p.m.
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